Called ’the new icon of architecture’; the American Copper Buildings. Not only does this dual-tower skyscraper have a unique sky bridge and no shortage of luxury amenities, it has a most interestingly designed outdoor area as well. Thought out by SCAPE landscape architecture and urban design studio, this collaboration with Streetlife sees the Solid Edge system used in a new way.
On the East River of Manhattan the American Copper Buildings have recently been added to the ever-changing skyline. Along the busy FDR drive these tall and quirky towers are built on the address 626 First Avenue. Such a central location desires an excitingly designed outdoor space with possibilities to have a well-deserved rest and quick escape from the business of the city surrounding it.
Streetlife’s Solid Edge+ system is one of the main furnishing elements used by SCAPE to create such a green and serene public space. The playful look of the street furniture product with its modular setup is used to outline the urban space and divide it from the borders of greenery that are placed. The lounge benches, with their integrated backrest, together with an abundance of seating space, the greenery and the sound of water from the fountain gives calm to the area. At the same time, you are invited to actively use the space, with the seating space, clearly outlining a defined route through the area, directing you to the departing ferries over the East River. Then, there is also the opportunity to play on the stones of the water plaza’s fountain.
The water fountain is complemented by the seating design of Streetlife’s newly created Solid Edge+ System. Several interestingly shaped building blocks of the already existing Solid Edge product were developed to be placed alongside eachother, fitting together seamlessly and creating the modular Solid Edge+ System. Meant as a typical new variant of a Streetlife Green Bench in the Solid Series, the modular setup embraces the seemingly arbitrary arrangement of trees and greenery that are planted on the three angled corner areas of the landscape design.
These corners and edges, which the product is named after, are a special feature of the Solid Edge + system. Visible is the beautiful craftsmanship with which the corners and edges of the 100% FSC® certified Cumaru hardwood are finished in the many angles of the design. Creating the soft edges within a sharp product.
When it gets darker outside, the integration of LED lighting underneath the seating elements, shines through the elegant customized pattern of the weathering steel base. Making sure the entire plaza has an additional time of use and giving it an extra dimension.
Night or day, next time you’re in the city of New York, this spot is well worth the visit!